Kevin Fenton is professor of choral conducting and ensembles, and director of the FSU University Singers and the Chamber Choir. He has conducted the Virginia Tech Meistersingers (1998), the University Singers (2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2013), and the Festival Singers of Florida (2012) in performances at regional and national conventions of ACDA and NAfME. A champion of new music, Dr. Fenton has conducted over thirty premiere performances including Skip Stradtman’s “Amazing Grace” (2015); Troy Robertson’s “In Meeting We are Blessed” (2015); Eric Barnum’s “In Paradisum” (2010); Sydney Guillame’s “Au-Déla du Chagrin” (2010); Clifton Callender’s “Reasons to Learn to Sing” (2010); and “The Soul’s Passing” (2007) by Dominick DiOrio. Dr. Fenton has conducted choirs in 35 states, including twenty-six all-state choirs and ACDA Divisional Honor Choirs. Internationally, Kevin conducted the Beijing International Choral Festival Choir with China’s People’s Liberation Orchestra and the Dublin International Choral Festival for Music Celebrations International. He taught choral conducting and conducting pedagogy at the Kenya Conservatory of Music as a Fulbright Specialist and at South Africa’s National Youth Choir Symposium.
Dr. Fenton has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in choral literature and choral conducting at Florida State University since 2000, and his textbook Foundations of Choral Conducting is used in beginning conducting classes throughout the country. He is a recipient of the Florida State University Teaching Award for Excellence, the Delta Omicron Music Professor of the Year award, and the Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Florida Service Award. Additionally, Dr. Fenton is the Artistic Director of the Festival Singers of Florida and a founder of the AVoice4Peace initiative (AVoice4Peace.org).